Art & Design Courses in London

City Lit Art & Design offers the most diverse range of part-time, weekend and evening courses in London, taught by successful artists and practitioners. Rated ‘outstanding’ in our last government inspection our art classes include some of the most popular subjects in London; from photography, fashion and textiles, drawing and painting, print, graphic designinterior design and garden design courses, just to name a few. Whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist, we are sure we have an art course for you!

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  1. Colour course for painters

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A concise study of colour usage. Investigate colour perception and how colour interacts. Explore a range of observational and expressive painting projects, relate colour theory to practice and develop confidence using colour.  An emphasis on colour mixing using acrylics and oil paint.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  2. Exhibiting photography: a practical guide

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: PS - Photography Studio
    Want to exhibit your photographs professionally but not sure where to start? Get expert guidance in this practical introduction to every aspect of exhibiting, from how to approach galleries to budgeting, hanging and marketing - giving you real confidence to stage your own show.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  3. Life drawing: all levels

    Life drawing: all levels

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us to draw from the nude model. Through structured teaching, you'll explore a range of materials and approaches to this fascinating genre, learning about proportion, tone, line, scale and mark making, with reference to other artists. For all levels.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  4. Introduction to screenprinting

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is a creative and practical introduction to the screen printing process aimed at beginners and the curious. You will learn step by step how to make your own series of prints using a variety of exciting techniques.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  5. London print archive visits: Tate Britain PM

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    VS104 London print archive visits: Tate PM

    13:45-15:30.
    Full fee: £18.00
    Senior fee: £18.00
    Concession: £18.00

  6. Watercolour: cityscapes themes and ideas

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this more advanced class for students with some experience in using watercolour, we will build on more advanced colour mixing, mark making and watercolour techniques particular to painting on location. In this course there will be more emphasis on developing a personal style and you will be encouraged to pursue an individual approach to cityscapes as the term develops.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  7. Watercolour: cityscapes for beginners

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course is an introduction to working in watercolours on location in the city. Some sessions will take place in the studio where you will be guided through exercises in colour mixing and watercolour techniques particular to cityscapes. You will build up your confidence to be able put these skills into practice on location.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £263.00
    Concession: £201.00

  8. Drawing and sketching in London's hidden gardens

    Drawing and sketching in London's hidden gardens

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sketch directly from nature, discovering unique and little known public gardens in London.  The first session will be held in the studios at City Lit to receive tips for creating sketches to paint from later, plus a list of subsequent locations which are all within easy walking distance of a London Underground station.
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

  9. Introduction to body casting

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to casting parts of the body from hands and limbs to faces and entire heads. We'll also look at how to assemble moulds to eliminate bad registration lines and mould distortions in the finished plaster casts.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  10. Drawing club

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come along to our new Friday evening drop-in drawing club. Discover new drawing techniques and develop your skills further by responding to a diverse range of briefs and projects that will take your work into exciting new directions. Guided by our expert tutor and practising artist, each session will deal with a different approach. You can book individual sessions or the entire course at a reduced rate.

    https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drawing-club-vh370-tickets-53851721950.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £159.00

  11. Drawing and painting on your iPad

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to use this fantastic tool, as used by the artist David Hockney, to create, develop and explore visual ideas in the practice of drawing and painting. You will need to bring your own iPad and a copy of the Brushes application.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  12. Introduction to drawing portraits

    Introduction to drawing portraits

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Making portraits continues to fascinate artists, trying to capture appearance and personality in a single image. This course offers a solid introduction to drawing and the human head and some aspects of the figure in a variety of media with the aim of getting a 'likeness'.
    Full fee: £279.00
    Senior fee: £223.00
    Concession: £170.00

  13. Portraits 1

    Portraits 1

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about drawing and painting portraits through practical experience of the basic skills and concepts involved, including structure and proportion of the head and features, tone, colour, pose and expression. This course is ideal for both beginners and improvers.
    Full fee: £329.00
    Senior fee: £329.00
    Concession: £201.00

  14. Printmaking club

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    These are popular tutor-led printmaking studio sessions that can be booked individually as required. You have the option to join in the taught themes or you can work on your own personal projects. Ideal for students with some experience of printmaking.

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    Full fee: £349.00
    Senior fee: £349.00
    Concession: £349.00

  15. Sketchbook course

    Sketchbook course

    Course Date: Fri 3 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop a creative and experimental sketchbook. Explore materials and techniques with confidence, including mark making, drawing and mixed media. Produce a collection of work or ideas for composition. Drawing experience is an advantage but not essential.
    Full fee: £359.00
    Senior fee: £287.00
    Concession: £219.00

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